RAZER KAIRA PRO Xbox wireless headset with BlackShark internals Review

 Razers and headsets - a rather difficult topic for a long time. But with the new TriForce Titanium drivers, the manufacturer has apparently landed a small jackpot. They were already used in the Razer BlackShark and were able to convince in almost all aspects of sound. Equipped with these same speakers, Razer is now attacking the established Xbox wireless headsets and taking on popular competition such as the SteelSeries Arctis headsets or the widespread Turtle Beach Stealth 600/700. This is exciting.


There are two variants of the Razer Kaira. On the one hand, there is the Pro model for just under 170 euros, which has BlueTooth 5.0 and an integrated microphone for additional use on the smartphone - practical for xCloud players. On the other hand, the normal version for just under 120 euros, which is intended exclusively for use on the Xbox. Both models can also be operated on the PC via Xbox wireless adapter and both models work, provided that the firmware is up-to-date, on both the old Xbox One consoles and the new Xbox Series X and S.


It's quick. The Kaira has Xbox wireless technology, so it can be operated like a wireless controller without a USB dongle. Pairing the headset and console is quick and easy. While we had the problem that the controller was not recognized immediately after pairing with an Xbox Series S, restarting the console immediately fixed the problem. The problem is probably more the Xbox firmware than the headset itself. The problem did not occur on an Xbox One X.


RAZER KAIRA PRO Xbox wireless headset with BlackShark internals Review

In terms of price, the Razer Kaira Pro is more or less in the same league as the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 and the SteelSeries Arctis 9X. Strong competition, but already when unpacking it becomes clear that Razer is up to the demands. The Kaira Pro has a high-quality effect with a metal headband in a plastic housing and metal suspensions for the rotatable ear cups. The cushions are soft and covered with breathable textile material.


The weight of around 330 grams, not unusual for a wireless headset, is well absorbed - the wearing comfort is very good even with longer sessions and with glasses. Optical accents are provided by an optionally illuminated logo and a little green on the head cushion and ear cups, which of course goes well with the Xbox green.


The controls are attached to both ear cups at a sufficient distance from each other. On the left we find the connection for the removable microphone and a Type-C port for the included USB charging cable. They keep company with the power button, a microphone button and a volume control. The right side has the pairing EQ button (hold down = pairing, double press = EQ preset change), a controller for game chat balance and the BlueTooth pairing button. Errors in operation are almost impossible. A signal light keeps you informed about the charge level and operation, but you can read the charge level more precisely in the Razer headset app for the Xbox.


Said app is available for free in the Xbox store and it is a real plus. With the app you can not only create profiles, but also adjust the presets and settings using a 5-band equalizer. Settings for the microphone can also be made. Not ultra-lush, but overall exemplary. Only firmware updates are not possible via the app. To do this, you have to connect the headset to the PC and perform an update using a tool from the Razer website (NOT Razer Synapse). Our copy was up to date anyway.


RAZER KAIRA PRO Xbox wireless headset with BlackShark internals Review

The charging time of the battery is specified with 20 hours without and 15 hours with lighting and that is about right at medium volume. That is enough to be adequately prepared for long evenings. The wireless range is specified as ten meters and we can essentially confirm that. The quick walk to the refrigerator without having to take off the headset should therefore not be a problem.


The inner workings of the Razer Kaira Pro are similar to that of the recently tested Razer BlackShark V2, which was able to collect a lot of points. The new Razer TriForce Titanium 50mm drivers deliver a clean, balanced performance that has little to complain about. The sound is balanced by default, almost a little sterile. The bass has power, the mids ensure very good speech intelligibility and the highs do not miss out on details. We recommend, however, to improve the EQ presets a little to take the neutrality of the standard mode away. In addition, the bass boost is a bit too exaggerated for us. But that's not a problem with the app in question.


In any case, the idea of ​​gaming is impressive, especially with Dolby Atmos or Windows Sonic switched on. The origin of sound sources can be seen very clearly, the overall picture is full and massive. Even on the battlefields in Destiny 2, where things really get down to business, all sources of noise were easy to locate. In terms of sound, the Razer Kaira Pro is definitely one of the better Xbox wireless headsets and clearly leaves the comparable Turtle Beach Stealth 600/700 behind. It easily plays in the same league as the SteelSeries Arctis 9X or the LucidSound LS35X.


While the integrated microphone is not very convincing for BlueTooth operation, the detachable microphone is absolutely convincing, and not just because of the pop protection. The voice transmission is clear, distinct and largely unadulterated. Communication via voice chat is easy. Seems like Razer finally made the long overdue breakthrough in speakers and microphone.


CONCLUSION

Strong appearance in the green Xbox world


Both Razer and Xbox use green as their signature color. That actually seems to fit, because with the Kaira, or Kaira Pro, Razer has delivered damn convincing. As with the BlackShark V2, the new titanium drivers deliver a strong, balanced sound with plenty of detail and good directional perception. The Xbox app, with which you can create profiles and make adjustments thanks to the 5-band EQ, is a big plus. The microphone is also completely convincing in voice chat. The construction ensures that even long sessions are not a problem in terms of wearing comfort.


If you can do without BlueTooth and the rather weak integrated microphone for use on your smartphone, you will find a suitable alternative with the significantly cheaper Razer Kaira. With prices of around 170 and 120 euros respectively, the Kaira should become a really strong competitor for the established wireless headsets on the Xbox. The list of reasons why you shouldn't go for the Razer Kaira when looking for a good Xbox headset is very short.


Pros

  • good, balanced sound
  • well-featured Xbox app
  • optional BlueTooth
  • good microphone with clean voice transmission
  • good wearing comfort
  • priced within an acceptable framework
  • solid workmanship
  • decent battery life

Cons

  • internal microphone not great
  • no firmware update via app
  • Slightly delayed transmission in BlueTooth mode (not unusual)



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